Samsung is continuing its push into the b2b sector, sealing a major deal with West Yorkshire Police to supply 4,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices to front-line officers, in place of traditional pocket notebooks.
The devices will cut the time spent by police officers on administration, allowing them to use secure online apps to record a crime without having to return to a station.
West Yorkshire Police, Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Battle said: ‘This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the front line. It will potentially lead to 7,000 front- line officers and staff using the devices.
‘As a result of this project, there will be an increase in the amount of time they are able to spend on the streets, dealing with crime and public safety.’
The Galaxy Note 3 includes an e-notebook, which allows officers to record information and make intelligence submissions via secure mobile police apps.
A national audit conducted in 2012, which looked at mobile working in policing across the UK, showed that an average of 18 minutes of additional time on the streets was generated by using mobiles.
Battle added: ‘From a West Yorkshire perspective, one minute of extra time on the street per officer, per day equates to a million pounds’ worth of additional policing annually.’
Graham Long, VP of Samsung’s UK enterprise business team, said: ‘Police officers do an amazing job ensuring safety on our streets, and thanks to huge advances in technology, response times are now quicker than ever and they can spend more time on the front line.
‘The Samsung technology being used by West Yorkshire Police will streamline processes, cut admin time and give officers instant access to crucial information wherever they are, helping the force save money and lives. We’re delighted to be playing our part in this transition and look forward to seeing the benefits to the force and wider community.’
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said the mobile devices will also help ameliorate the effect of Government cuts of more than £160 million pounds between 2010 and 2017.
He added: ‘It is imperative that we continue to look towards new ways of working that ensure our neighbourhoods are safe and feel safe.’